Category: Reviews

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen | #ReadADessen Tour and Giveaway

Posted April 27, 2017 in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen | #ReadADessen Tour and Giveaway

It’s just a few weeks until the Queen of Contemporary YA, Sarah Dessen, has a new book hitting shelves! While eagerly waiting for my copy of Once and For All to arrive, I’m joining Penguin Teen’s #ReadADessen campaign for week 2 reviewing on of my FAVORITE Dessen novels of all time- Dreamland. Note: I was provided a finished copy of Dreamland by Penguin Teen to read, review, and feature on my blog as a #PRHPartner. Many, many years ago I read Dreamland for the first time. It was one of my first, if not THE first, Sarah Dessen novel I […]


City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | Mini Review

Posted April 24, 2017 in Reviews / 1 Comment
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | Mini Review

2017 seems to be a year rife with diverse titles, and one of my reading challenge goals has been to read more widely and diversely this year. City of Saints and Thieves seemed like a great way to expand my reading horizons as it’s a book featuring diverse characters, set outside of the United States (in Kenya) and deals with many political and humanitarian rights issues. What I also didn’t glean until I started the book and paid attention to the synopsis more closely is that it’s a thriller, with the protagonist on the hunt for revenge for her mother’s […]


The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | ARC Review

Posted April 19, 2017 in Reviews / 5 Comments
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | ARC Review

  *Many thanks to Lauren @ Bookmark Lit for being a rock star and letting me borrow her copy! In some ways I don’t even know how to begin reviewing this book because my heart is so full after reading it. The Names They Gave Us has a tiny sprinkling of every ingredient you need for a powerful and moving YA book, but the product is so cohesive and beautiful and seamless that it’s almost impossible to analyze each individual component. However, I am a book blogger and this is my book blog, so review I must (and I really […]


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | Mini Review

Posted April 10, 2017 in Reviews / 7 Comments
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | Mini Review

So it seems as though it’s SUPER UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME. I may be the only person to ever blog to not like this book. I seriously just checked Goodreads and the LOWEST rating anyone I know has given it is 4 stars. It took me almost the entire month of February to read this book, and the only thing keeping me from DNF’ing it was that I was convinced it was going to get better. How could it not, when so, so, so many people love it? I moaned all of February to Max about something being wrong with me […]


Caraval by Stephanie Garber | Review

Posted April 3, 2017 in Reviews / 5 Comments
Caraval by Stephanie Garber | Review

Caraval was heavily marketed as pretty much THE BOOK of 2017, coming out in the first month of the year with an outrageous amount of hype. Usually I would be super wary of any book released under such circumstances, but I found myself SO excited to read this one after meeting Stephanie, attending the launch, and seeing how genuinely excited she was about her book finally making it into readers’ hands. I’m happy to report that I found Caraval to be utterly enchanting and strangely unique, and it’s nearly topped the list of fantasy worlds that I would eagerly volunteer […]


After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Review

Posted March 27, 2017 in Giveaways, Reviews / 8 Comments
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Review

“Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love. What a beautiful thing to have been. What a sad thing to be.” – After I Do, Page 60 After I Do is the third TJR novel I’ve read, and she’s firmly been added as an auto-buy author for me. Sure, she writes what some people may consider “chick-lit,” but her novels contain an honesty and profundity that I have honestly NEVER come across with any other author. I’d heard consistently from my fellow bloggers that After I Do is TJR’s best work, and it did not disappoint, […]


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | Reviving My Faith in Romance

Posted March 20, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | Reviving My Faith in Romance

It was a tortuous two month wait until my library hold of The Hating Game finally arrived. Yes, I had heard all the good things about it, but as a book blogger who has been burned by the hype monster one too many times before, I wanted to try this book out first before I committed to purchasing (especially since I’ve been underwhelmed by romances lately). I was thrilled to have my doubts proven very, very wrong in the best hate-to-love romance story I’ve ever read. I first knew this book would capture my interest when I heard it was […]


The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney | Mini Review

Posted March 15, 2017 in Reviews / 6 Comments
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney | Mini Review

I remember being initially really jazzed up for The Nest last year when it released because it had the making of so many story elements that I loved: New York, trust funds, large family drama, and a fantastically mint colored cover. I had to talk myself out of buying it from Costco on many trips (they seemed to always have it last year!) since I’m trying to be more selective and intentional with the books that I buy, especially if it’s an author I haven’t read before. While I did enjoy the author’s writing style and wouldn’t mind eventually trying […]


Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott | ARC Review

Posted March 8, 2017 in ARCs, Reviews / 2 Comments
Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott | ARC Review

Thanks so much to NetGalley and SourceBooks Fire for this review copy! Pretty Fierce is a book with an undeniably intriguing premise, focusing on a daughter of assassins who’s now trying to fit into civilian life after her parents’ mysterious disappearance. I am pretty much always on board for a good spy story, so the second I read the synopsis and saw the juxtaposition of the blurb with the unabashedly pink cover, I knew this was a book that I had to read. As the book’s synopsis states, a majority of this book features Kaia and her boyfriend Oliver on […]


Book Buddies: The Young Wives Club

Posted March 2, 2017 in Book Buddies Reviews, Reviews / 6 Comments
Book Buddies: The Young Wives Club

Book Buddies is a fun, collaborative review feature that I participate in once a season with my friend Lauren who runs the blog Bookmarklit. We choose a themed book for the season, read it, and then answer fun questions that pertain to the book’s themes and each feature the book in our own way! Check out the second part of our feature on Lauren’s blog! Check out Lauren’s post here! Instead of a Q&A discussion format, book buddies will now be formatted a little differently each time, with elements that reflect the book we read. For The Young Wives Club, […]